Last edited 18 Sep 2020

Conservation articles and news

Denmark’s 300-year-old homes of the future

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On Læsø, houses are thatched with thick, heavy bundles of silvery seaweed that have the potential to be a contemporary building material around the world.


Upcoming Heritage Open Days to feature in-person and online events

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For the first time in its history, England’s largest festival of heritage and culture will feature online events as well as in-person activities. Heritage Open Days (HODs) returns in September, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


RSA report ‘Heritage for inclusive growth’ published

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The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) shows the scale of the ‘missed opportunity’ if we continue to separate heritage policymaking and economic policymaking.


UKGBC creating new 'Policy Playbook' covering retrofit of the existing housing stock

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The resource format has proved to be a successful way of providing guidance for local authorities on crucial policy topics.


Over-engineered buildings nullify the green benefits, from pbctoday

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Insight into the smart ways to design building services to ensure they perform as designed without being over-engineered


World’s oldest operational vehicular suspension bridge receives restoration funding

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Historic England (HE) has awarded £250,000 towards the restoration of the Union Chain Bridge, built in 1820, spanning the River Tweed near Berwick.


'Restoration' and 'Repair': what's the difference?

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One of Ireland’s most distinguished architectural historians explores the differences between ‘restoration’ and ‘repair’ and Conservation ethics in issue 163 of CONTEXT.


Don’t demolish old buildings, urge architects

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Architects say buildings should be protected – to fight climate change, reports the BBC on recent evidence given to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).


IHBC's latest issue of CONTEXT explores issues with Damp

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It includes articles on Rethinking Retrofit to not waste carbon and not damage buildings, Assessing Moisture in porous building materials, conserving the Burns Monument using lime grout and injection mortars, Curated Decay, and more.


New Online Course in "Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings"

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Welsh company The Environment Study Centre (ESC) has released a new online course for professionals seeking a qualification in dealing with the retrofitting of older and traditional buildings.


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